Blogs from Namche, Nepal, Asia - page 3


Asia » Nepal » Namche March 9th 2013

I remember looking at different options for Everest Base Camp trek a few months back and having some serious doubts whether I should sign up for one or not… After all the trek did look pretty demanding and let’s be honest I don’t think there was ever a time in my life when I could say that I was really in top shape. But then I thought if I booked it relatively early, there would be plenty of time to work on my fitness levels and maybe it would work after all… So I did book the trek some time last year– I actually went beyond that and in the moment of total madness booked two treks, Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit, one just after the other, thinking piece of cake! ;) So the months ... read more
beautiful stupa along the trail
incredible views around!

Asia » Nepal » Namche February 26th 2013

Namche Bazaar Acclimatisation Day Headache gone, sleep well. Work out that residual water in my thermos (still hot) can be put into small jug in bathroom lined with plastic shower cap = wash! = ingenious. Go to breakfast refreshed and smelling sweet. Late breaky at 0745 because its our "rest" day- porridge rates 8/10 on the Nepali porridge index (NPI). Guide and porter are majorly calorie loading- cornmeal, eggs, toast ++ and coffee- hmmm. We sip on our black tea and finish our small serve of porridge. 0840 we make our way up the hill, wow- the elevation kicks in- its a bit harder going this morning. We reach the Tashi Delek Monastery, pass the mani walls and prayer wheels in gold and others in red. Stunning views. Lots of blue pine and juniper (even typing ... read more
Heading up from Hotel de Base
Tashi Delek Prayer Wheels
Tashi Delek Prayer Wheels

Asia » Nepal » Namche February 25th 2013

Phakding (2650m) to Namche Bazaar (3340m) 0615 up and packed. 0700 porridge, small pot black tea. Porridge rates 7.5/10. An utterly clear, sunny, not a cloud in the sky day. We hit the trail before 0800 and meander through the relatively flat Dudh Kosi Valley, well just a few little ups at this stage. The pine trees are spectacular, the air smells good. AMAZING VIEWS, the snow covered Kusum Kanguru at 6367m is pretty damn impressive. We go through the village of Toktok after 0900 and then Bengkar (2710m). The fields are alive... not with the sound of music, but with planting and harvesting. There's a lot going on in the potato fields, it seems to be mainly women doing this sort of work. We get to witness this spectacle of daily life, I keep having ... read more
The day begins
Great morning views
It's important to cover your cabbages

Asia » Nepal » Namche December 16th 2012

Greetings under-fed readers. Many apologies for the sparsity of updates but finding an online presence has been tricky since I left Dingboche all those days ago (feels like weeks). So, I left you as I was heading up to Chukkung and onwards to the pointy bit of Imja Tse. I'll try to post some details below but first I need to make a statement to alleviate some fears raised by a little bit of miscommunication. Status: All fingers fine, all toes fine, all thumbs fine, health good (if one ignores the sniffles and nasal congestion of high altitude). Hiking away happily and strongly every day apart from today (rest day in Namche). Apologies for any concerns I raised by being jovial about the temperature of my extremities. Right, now back to the story. So, after my ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche December 5th 2012

Two days into the hike and I'm back in the homely and familiar sounds, sights, and smells of Namche. The flight in to Lukla was beautiful unless you don't like turbulence - the wee planes get chucked around quite visicously by the mountains. The landing was successful which is all one can ask of Lukla - it took a thump, a fierce gunning in reverse, and a couple of swerves to save us from missing the turning into the hard standing at the top. There's a cosy familiarity about the hills this time. The trails are quiet, the tea houses are near-empty, the Nepalese mountain folk are even more relaxed than usual. Compared to last time (Spring 2011), there is nobody here, and that's wonderful. Started the hike to Phakding by leading the trail to make ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche December 2nd 2012

Asia » Nepal » Namche December 2nd 2012

The route down from Namche took us back down the gruellling slopes and across the Larja Bridge. It was a whole lot easier this time than last time going uphill - that was for sure. Stopping at the Mt Everest viewpoint, I soaked up one last look (or so I thought) of Everest.... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 24th 2012

Had the best nights sleep so far, but still not managing a normal straight 7 or 8 hours that I was expecting, despite the exercise. The Himalaya is a very dry climate - difficult to believe with the rivers and snow around. The result of this is that you wake up several times a night with a very dry throat, which a swig or two of chilled water by your beside relieves for a few hours. I am expecting this to "condition" to worsen as we get higher. My bags are packed early for the trek out out Namche. Feeling good about the days journey ahead. The first 10 steps or so out of the hotel feel hard work, and remind me of the lower levels of oxygen I still haven't go used to - another ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 24th 2012

The climb out of the village takes up from around 3450m to about 3800m, only about 100m below the height of Tengboche which we are due to reach in about 4 hours time. There are great views of Ama Dablam and Mt Everest on our way to and at our first rest stop. However, everyone is a bit blaze about these magnificent views today given the day before we saw such an awesome panorama of Himalayan mountains including these two - amazing what a day makes!... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 24th 2012

Today is going to be one of those days where you walk for 4-5 hours, exert a lot of effort, but dont gain much altitude and distance for your troubles. This was one of those "down and up" days I was very much aware of. Dirge pointed out Tengboche in the distance on the next hill. It looked about 4-5 miles away. However, to get there required a descent of some 400m down to the Dudh Kosi river, then back up the other side of the valley with an ascent of some 500m. That is what was going to take some 4-5 hours.... read more

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